Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Modern day Australia

You want to know something really really odd? China offers prisoners a deal where they can come here to Sudan, work as laborers, and they get time taken off their sentence. Seriously, there all these Chinese guys in blue pajamas and conical straw hats wandering the streets of Juba sawing things and sweeping and such in front of Chinese construction projects.

Now let's think about this for a second. Sudan is stuffed to the GILLS with men and women who are unemployed, who know the materials, who will work for nothing and who don't need to be housed and fed.

And yet China is paying to ship all these guys over, provide some level of accommodation and, one would assume, food they find at least a bit palatable. Which, I would assume, ain't cheap.

Funniest thing, though? There aren't any guards. I mean, seriously, where are they gonna run to?

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